Nicknamed the Silver State, Nevada’s past is rooted in mining. In 1849, gold was discovered in a stream near Dayton, which later led to the discovery of silver in the Comstock Lode in 1859. Since then, mining has played a vital role in Nevada’s economy.
Tour takes visitors into the mine and through the history of the oldest and most famous gold mine in southern Nevada. Canoe and kayak tours are also available at this site.
The Best and Belcher Mine is a 25- minute guided tour with over 300 pieces of antique mining equipment on display. See complete underground mine workings - tunnels, crosscuts, drifts, stopes, raises, winzes and shafts. The Ponderosa Mine is located in the Ponderosa Saloon, formerly the Bank of California.
A great place to stretch the legs and take in a little history, whether you're staying in Tonopah or just traveling through.
Offers tailings digging where many different wood and opal combinations may be found. Open Memorial Day through mid-September. Daily schedules vary.
A few hours' drive from Lovelock, you can experience Unionville, a historic mining town where people still live among the rustic ruins. The town has a claim to fame with Mark Twain, who bought a mine in the 1860s but abandoned it after digging only 12 feet. Other nearby ghost towns are Rochester and Seven Troughs.